In yesterday’s post ★ Back to the Basics – GOD IS…OMNIPRESENT ★, we talked about the third “OMNI” that God is known. Unlike Omnipotent (all-powerful) and Omniscient (all-knowing), we discussed how Omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time) is a little more challenging to grasp for our finite minds BUT regardless of our comprehension we should be comforted nonetheless because the God of the Universe is EVERYWHERE! Today we are going to see that..
Like the rest of the world, as a result of the Coronavirus our family has been attending church “virtually” for the past 5 weeks now. This past Sunday we worshiped to “Way Maker,” (https://youtu.be/iJCV_2H9xD0) and though we have been singing that song for months now, the truths that are proclaimed speak directly into the current pandemic. In case you have been living under a rock here is the chorus to give you a sample:
Light in the darkness
That is who you are
That is WHO the God of heaven and earth is! HE IS a Way maker — Miracle worker — Promise keeper — and a Light in the darkness! We have all had to find “our new normal” whether that be attending classes online, or homeschooling our children or working from home or perhaps finding ourselves unemployed as a result of the “world-wide” shut down! Today I wanted to share these promises declared in this anthem song (which are also all through scripture) as I think we need to be reminded in this time of fear and uncertainty that God CAN and WILL make a WAY no matter how bleak the current circumstance. It’s funny I first heard the song performed by Leland, but when I went to iTunes yesterday it seems that every major Christian artist has a version (over 30 covers!) There is a part in the worship experience where you can just feel the Holy Spirit take over and pour out His love. The lyrics are:
I have had this song on repeat in my playlist! It is like God is trying to refresh and remind me that regardless of what I may think, see or feel, the reality is…the OMNIPRESENCE of God IS THE TRUTH and REALITY that I MUST STAND ON. Nothing is impossible for God. He can make water come from a rock, (not once but twice — See Exodus 17:5-7 and Numbers 20:6-11), He can bring dry bones come back to life, (See Ezekiel 17:1-14), and resurrect what was dead and bring hope to a hopeless situation, (See Mark 5:21-43, Luke 7:11-17, John 11:1–44, John 20:1-23).
Before His death, Jesus said in John 14:6b (NLT):
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
As a result of Jesus death and resurrection has opened unlimited access to the Way-Maker of heaven. When we put our trust in Jesus, EVERYTHING CHANGES!
Change. Right now we ALL want change? We want things as they we B.C. — BEFORE COVID-19. What are you looking forward to getting back to? School? Date nights? Maybe getting back to work? I was watching the news the other day about protests that are breaking out all over the country about the shelter-in-place orders and was shocked at this sign:
Isn’t that crazy? I just gave my youngest daughter the clippers with a No. 4 clip and I’m good for another month! Hahaha!
I was just watching the sermon “Looking Forward to Normal” this morning and Steven Furtick made the point to not be excited to “get back to normal” but rather we should “look forward to normal.” Let this time change us, because:
“Faith looks forward.”
You know what my constant prayer through this pandemic, God may you get the glory for the end of this pandemic and may there be revival throughout the whole world. That God would fulfill the promise of Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)…
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
God WANTS to DO ABOVE and BEYOND ANYTHING we can imagine in whatever our “new normal” is. I believe if we would stop scrolling on the Twitter feed of the latest death rate and instead start feeding on the WORD of God, our ANXIETY level would DECREASE and our faith and our PEACE would INCREASE!
I will close Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) speaks of the Lord’s promise of victory in which the prophet proclaimed:
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
I truly believe that God wants to something new with each of us during this time of unprecedented stillness and inactivity. The question is, when things “get back to normal,” will you be the same or will you have been changed as a result of TRUSTING God in these dark times?
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Here is another anthem song called “RATTLE!” to add to your playlist by Elevation Worship based on Ezekiel 37:1-14.